|Fantasy Points by Week. Note: Points are rounded down.|
|Last 10 Games|
|Sharks Will Start Niemi In Game 1 |
|(4/17/14) Antti Niemi was named the starter for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.|
|Sharks Could Turn To Niemi |
|(4/16/14) While the Sharks have not named their starting goalie for Thursday's playoff opener against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com suggests that Antti Niemi is probably the better bet to get the nod.|
|Niemi Unsure If He Starts For Sharks |
|(4/15/14) Antti Niemi is not yet sure who will be between the pipes for the Sharks in Game 1 of their series with the Kings, according to CSN Bay Area.|
|Sharks' Niemi Finishes Season With A Win |
|(4/13/14) Antti Niemi finished the season by stopping 30 of 32 Phoenix shots in a win on Saturday.|
|Sharks' Niemi Between The Pipes Saturday |
|(4/12/14) Antti Niemi will be in net for the Sharks on Saturday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.|
Sharks build five-goal lead, defeat Kings in series opener
Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the San Jose Sharks jumped on top of Jonathan Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.
Antti Niemi finally named Sharks starting goalie for Game 1
Sharks coach Todd McLellan declined to name a goaltender for Thursday's Game 1 against LA until Thursday morning, doing the expected and naming Antti Niemi his 'go-to guy.'
Sharks Will Start Niemi In Game 1
Niemi was named the starter for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Sharks Could Turn To Niemi
While the Sharks have not named their starting goalie for Thursday's playoff opener against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com suggests that Niemi is probably the better bet to get the nod.The report points out that Niemi -- who started five of the Sharks' last six games -- worked during special teams practice Wednesday, during which time fellow goalie Alex Stalock worked with some of the team's the lower profile players. We'll seek additional clarity on the situation after Thursday's morning skate.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Sharks vs. Kings
In what could be the most entertaining first-round matchup of them all, the Los Angeles Kings will take on Pacific Division rival San Jose.
|You can't ride a goalie much harder than San Jose rode Antti Niemi last year -- he played in 43 of the team's 48 regular-season starts and was the man of the hour through the postseason. Niemi's 24-12-6 record last year with a 2.16 GAA and a .924 save percentage ought to silence any critics who have questioned his ability to take a larger workload for a team. Despite his often derided, atypical style of goaltending, he led the league with 24 wins. And only Ondrej Pavalec played more games than Niemi's 43. And Niemi led the NHL in time on ice, was third overall in saves, was one removed from the league lead with four shutouts, was 11th in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. Wow -- he handled the workload and then some. And his numbers, while many were career bests, weren't that far off his usual mark. Now here's the but and it's a biggie. There's no way he can maintain that type of workload over a full season and still be fresh for a long playoff run. And new back-up goalie Alex Stalock is coming off a near career-threatening injury not all that long ago. If Stalock cant perform well at the NHL level, will San Jose brass push Niemi to the point of exhaustion? Its a question worth asking, but not enough of a problem to really hurt Niemis fantasy value right now. Niemi should be near the top -- or at the top -- of the list of goaltenders on your draft list. Not only is he playing more than most tenders, hes playing better. (Updated 8/12/13) |